Ji De Chi (记得吃)Hot
The first Ji De Chi concept of creating delicious and comforting dessert was conceived from a humble beginning with three partners. Since its inception in year 2004, Jidechi dessert is growing fast and is now the beloved of many, young and old.
The wait staff can be a bit bo chap (transalation: indifferent) and sometimes a bit grouchy. Who can blame them? I'd be grouchy too if I were made to wear unflattering, garishly-coloured sam foo (pyjamas comprised of a matched set of pull-on pants and mandarin collar blouse, only worn by elderly Chinese women).
The desserts here are neither better nor worse than its competitors. I wouldn't bother to eat here again, now that I no longer work around the area.
The Snow Ice is one of their more popular picks and I have to say, the size of the snow ice just gets smaller and smaller every time I frequent the place. The ice shavings are smooth and that's awesome. But as a whole, it doesn't exactly blow your mind.
Other traditional desserts like sesame paste are okay-ish, but they can be disappointing at times. Also, prices are steep for the size of the servings you pay for. You can probably find better ones in Chinatown.
As it is near to the National Library, it is a good place to chill out while reading. The portion of snow ice is large and is good enough to occupy you for at least 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can bring your friends and family along for a icy treat.
The snow ice just melts is your mouth, and the toppings that come along with it provides an interesting texture. It is really different from the local dessert ice kachang, which is coarse in texture. If you like cold desserts, this is one place where you must go to!
I always leave the place satisfied with a warm, fuzzy feeling in my stomach. Better yet, their recently opened branches including one at the basement of Plaza Singapura, makes their desserts even more accessible. Mango pomelo sago and it's derivatives is a signature of almost all HK dessert stores and I would dare say that Ji De Chi serves up one of the best in town.
It is advisable to come with a few family members or friends or else you will find it very difficult to make a decision on what to order. I always come with my family so I can order a variety of hot and cold desserts.
The first time I visited the shop, I just happened to pass by and thought some desserts would be good. So I went into the shop alone, it was really very difficult to decide what to order. I was looking at the menu for about ten minutes and cannot even decide whether I should go for hot or cold desserts. I never made the same mistake again after that visit.
Their mango sago was one of the best that I had ever tried, and is the real deal. The mangoes were sweet and fresh, and they were also very generous with the mangoes (not just three or four cubes, like most restaurants). The desserts were served in a large bowl, enough to satisfy you without feeling too full. Also, their desserts are reasonably priced so I see no reason to not visit that place over and over again.
I have had at least 3 bad experiences with Ji De Chi.
But strangely that isn't keeping me away from this place. I'm pretty convinced it's the prices. Ji De Chi is really reasonably priced for a dessert place. Everything on the menu is less than $7 -- you could get a lot for your dollar.
I am a sobbing dessert addict and I stumbled upon this place by accident. Their specialty would be this "Paper Flake Ice Cream" dish and it comes in a variety of flavors. I adore the strawberry one, but the portions are huge so don't go alone!
I also tried their beancurd and it was a little disappointing. But then again, you can really taste Hongkong flavour in it. The taste isn't localized, it tastes just like how Hongkongers would love it. Not too bad a sensory experience.
For its cheap prices and variety, this is a place that's gonna keep drawing me to them despite my experiences. I won't ever learn my lesson, so I'm going to keep remembering to eat here.
I've always got quite a sweet tooth, and the desserts in Ji De Chi certainly haven't failed me. During the many times I've eaten here, they have always delivered and exceeded my expectations each time, never disappointing. The prices are economical too, and the service is warm and friendly, in line with the name of the eatery.
I particularly love the shaved ice desserts served here, a sort of creamy, sweet, cold forgetting that simply melts in your mouth.
I tried the shaved ice dessert at Ji De Chi, and even though it looks a little like ice kacang, the taste was exceptional, and definitely tastier than the local treat. The shaved ice is thin, so it melts in the mouth almost instantly, so there would be no uncomfortable leftover freezing ice that remains in the mouth. My aunt has pretty sensitive teeth, but she was able to take this treat well, and she adored it.
The hot desserts are also worth the mention. We tried out the sesame paste, which looked a little intimidating at first due to its colour, but it was surprisingly sweet and good once we put it into our mouths.
The prices are also of an acceptable range, considering that the desserts served at Ji De Chi are quite unique and can't really be found in many places locally. Service was prompt and efficient. Definitely a must-go for dessert lovers!
I recently took the black sesame one which came with yogurt balls which bursts to fill your mouth with creamy, slight sour sauce and some red beans and nata de coco cubes. They went pretty well with the delicate ice in my opinion.
Being the pioneer in churning out ice like that in Singapore, concept probably gotten from Hong Kong or Taiwan, they made use of the chance to charge high prices. I don't deny that their other deserts are really tasty, but seriously, 2x the price for a bowl 2x smaller than the normal ones is just too much.
However, I would think that their hot desserts are quite nice as I see many people ordering their hot desserts like dumplings in ginger soup, walnut paste, sesame paste, just to name a few. Ji De Chi can be quite crowded especially after dinner when people will head there for some sweet desserts.